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National Collaborative Outreach Programme: Information for schools in the Humber Region


What is the National Collaborative Outreach Programme?

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) aims to support the most disadvantaged young people in England to progress into higher education (HE). It will run from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

The programme consists of consortia undertaking outreach activity in geographical areas where the HE participation of young people is both low and much lower than expected based on GCSE-level attainment.

The consortium operating in the Humber region is FORCE (The University of Hull Federation of Regional Colleges for Engagement).

You can find more information about NCOP here.

What are we offering?

Free of charge activities that are designed to:

  • Support attainment
  • Increase awareness of higher education and routes into it
  • Support aspirations for educational and career progression

Who are these activities for?

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme is targeting pupils/students from particular areas. These individuals will therefore form our primary target cohort, however, we would not wish to exclude any students who may benefit from these activities and understand a practical need to be flexible with the cohort we work with. We will therefore offer activities to wider cohorts of students.

Our NCOP activities will be suitable for students in years 9 – 13.

Funding available to schools

Through the National Collaborative Outreach Programme, we are able to offer participating schools funding to cover costs which may be incurred, for example, administration, classroom cover, transport etc.

We are also proposing to provide funding for staff time for a key contact who will be able to coordinate engagement and act as a key point of contact.

Requirements from schools

We will require data sharing agreements to be put in place to enable us to gather essential information to use to track progress of pupils and evaluate the impact of our activities.

This data is likely to include:

  • Participating students’ information (first and last name, date of birth, postcode)
  • Data pertaining to destination of students over key transition periods (post 16 destinations, UCAS applications, post 18 destinations)


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